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To the Editor:
—I am convinced that it is fully worth while to call further attention to a new method of vaccination, originated by the Public Health Service surgeons now in the Philippines. In this method a small piece of gauze (plain and sterile) is used as a scarifier. The gauze is simply drawn over the index-finger and held by the thumb and other fingers, and the point selected is briskly rubbed until slightly abraded over an area about equal to that of a thumb-nail. The virus is then deposited on the abraded area and allowed to dry. The gauze used to rub with can be bound over the point of vaccination, if desired, but should be discarded on the following day, as if allowed to remain it may adhere and give further trouble.This method is well suited for work on women and children. Its authors state that the
McKinley FJ. Gauze as a Scarifier in Vaccination. JAMA. 1913;60(17):1318. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340170046031